Crucible of gold

English language

Published Aug. 11, 2012 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

"Naomi Novik's beloved series returns, with Capt. Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon's forces and the friendly--and sometimes not-so-friendly--fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason. For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain's last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon. So the British government dispatches Arthur Hammond from China to enlist Laurence and Temeraire to negotiate a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio--and as bait, Hammond bears an offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank …

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  • Ship captains
  • Great Britain. Royal Navy
  • Great Britain
  • FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
  • Fiction
  • Officers
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
  • Dragons